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Topic: The USA in an Upheaval state of mind!
A chorus of figures from across the political spectrum expressed outrage with a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday where clashes between white supremacists and counter-protest groups forced the city to declare a state of emergency and one person died after a car plowed into a group of pedestrians.
Several politicians voiced their concern with the planned "Unite the Right" event even before the violence intensified, but those misgivings were amplified Saturday afternoon, in response to the growing conflict and to President Donald Trump's seeming unwillingness to condemn the white nationalist movement and label the car crash an act of terrorism. Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the violence associated with the rally and its aftermath in a strongly worded Facebook post.
"The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate," Cruz wrote in the statement. "Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism." In a statement, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., went so far as to address "neo-Nazis" along with white supremacists, saying that the groups "are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special."
Former President Barack Obama, tweeting for the first time in over three weeks, shared a quote from the late South African President Nelson Mandela. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite," he wrote. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." Obama's vice president Joe Biden expressed his dismay with a portion of Trump's response to the violent. The president said Sunday that there was a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." "There is only one side," tweeted Biden.
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